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Subwoofers: A Brief Look at the Effectiveness of Using a Subwoofer in a Music System

Subwoofers: A brief look at the Effectiveness of a Subwoofer in a Music SystemBefore turning to the review of the NHT subwoofer (review to be published next week) let me give you an overview of the merits of a subwoofer in a context restricted solely to music or restricted to music as part of a soundtrack.

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Sundance Film Festival 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2013

After not seeing any of my favorite indie directors lined up with films at this year's Sundance and after having to settle for our second and third choice tickets I was pleasantly surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed almost every film we saw this year. I always tell people to go off the beaten track at festivals...

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SECRETS Best of 2012 Awards

SECRETS Best of 2012 Awards

The SECRETS Editorial Team is pleased to announce the Best of 2012 Awards.

Congratulations to all of our 2012 Winners!!

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CES 2013 Show Coverage - It's a Wrap!

CES 2013 Show Coverage - It's a Wrap!

CES 2013 has come to a close and we are happy to be home.....some final thoughts.....

Robert Kozel, Senior Editor, sums it up......The show had an enormous crowd of over 150,000 people. From an audio/video perspective, the new innovation was all around 4K displays. Every major manufacturer was showcasing 4K displays. The practical reality is that while the 4K displays were stunning, the general consumer will not be able to afford this technology for several more years at least until the prices come down to earth. The real stars of the show were the updated plasma and LED televisions that support the current HDTV standards. These new sets were gorgeous and offer the consumer some amazing technology and beautiful video quality at approachable pricing.

On the audio side of things...

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The Inner World of LCD TVs - Part I

The Inner World of LCD TVs, Part 1(Source: Oleg Lavrentovich, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University)

When you go shopping for a flat-panel television these days, the vast majority of available models are LCD TVs. Today's LCDs are super-slim, super-bright, and super-colorful thanks to many improvements made since Sharp introduced the first commercial LCD TV—with a screen measuring a whopping 14 inches—in 1988.

But exactly how does an LCD TV work?

 

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CES 2013-Full Coverage

CES 2013

Panasonic PT-AE8000 which has been available for a couple months, and a new "lamp-free" model that uses hybrid LED/Laser for its light source and a DLP chip. It is not geared towards the home theater...

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Rocky Mountain 2012-Full Coverage

Rocky Mountain 2012 Show Report Coverage

The 2012 installment of RMAF was bigger and better than ever before. There were even more exhibitors and attendees than last year. Plus, there was a good vibe among everybody at the show. There was a pervasively positive...

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CES 2013 Show Coverage

CES 2013 Show Coverage

It's a wrap!!  Do not miss the CES Show Coverage by our SECRETS Team....Robert Kozel, Senior Editor, has posted over 300 images....just enjoy!

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012 Show Report

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012 Show Report

 It is that time of year again in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for one of the best shows for all of us AUDIOPHILES!....The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest for 2012!  I am on my way to Denver and am going to have to move quickly, to see as many of the many, many exhibitors this year at the Marriott Tech Center Hotel and other venues in Denver's Tech Center. Show report begins on Friday and continues over the weekend.......do check back for the latest images and info...Jim Clements, Senior Editor, SECRETS.

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CES 2013 Show Coverage - What to Expect in Home Theater and Audio

CES 2013 Show Coverage - What to expect Home Theater and AudioJoin Scott Wilkinson for a CES 2013 pre-show discussion on TWiT.TV, live on Friday, January 4 and replayed on Monday, January 7.  Guests include Piero Gabucci (Secrets of Home Theater), Tom Norton (Home Theater), and Chris Boylan (Big Picture Big Sound).

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Telluride Film Festival 2012

As usual the passes for  the Telluride Film Festival 2012 were sold out a short time before the festival started. There did not seem to be any major upsets with large numbers of people getting shut out of a particular movie. Perhaps this was because George Clooney was not at the festival. Bill Murray was however, in support of his new film with Laura Linney, Hyde Park on Hudson.

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